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Observations from the archives, 2004: Alison Orgaard named high school hero

By Rachel Barduson - Echo Press Columnist

1914, 100 years ago: Last week, Syvrud and Hanson sold the Aberlee farm, located south of Alexandria. It was divided and the Rev. Benson took 60 acres on one side of the road and the 100 acres on the other side were divided into 20 five-acre lots and bought by E.E. Lobeck, P. Norby, Mr. Tonsing and Mr. Chelly.

1964, 50 years ago: Alexandria Mayor Marvin E. Hansen has signed a proclamation making the observance of National Beauty Salon Week official. The week is set aside each year for the purpose of acquainting the public with the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association, its members and functions. They observe the week by donating their time and talents to giving free beauty services in hospitals, orphanages, homes for the aged, mental hospitals and other institutions across the United States. The Heart O’ Lakes Affiliate will celebrate the week with various activities and also hold open houses for their patrons.

In other news, hosts at the new Runestone Medical Center open house in Alexandria were three founders of the center, Dr. Edwin Tanquist Sr., Dr. James Reinhardt and Dr. Edwin Tanquist Jr.

1989, 25 years ago: More than 120 workers celebrated at the Alexandria Extrusion plant. Any full-time worker employed for one year or more at the company now owns stock; the amount of stock dependent on how much they make. Placed in a trust, the stock can be redeemed upon retirement or in case of disability or death. Founded in Alexandria in 1966 with only four workers, Alexandria Extrusion makes extruded precision aluminum parts for products all over the world, including Lund boats and IBM. Until last week the company was owned by three people, the company’s founder, Don Pennertz of Alexandria, K.E. Maxwell of Crystal and Iva Tomfinson of Duluth. Harry Thompson is president of the company and Tom Schabel is general manager.

2004, 10 years ago: Cellular 2000 named Alison Orgaard a High School Hero for her exemplary commitment to volunteer community service. A Jefferson High School junior, Orgaard has volunteered nearly 90 hours of her time as a member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce education committee. Serving as a student representative, she helps to create programs that link the business world to Alexandria’s educational systems. She is also a member of Student Match, serving as a mentor to elementary school students.

Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Alexandria Future Farmers of America President David Skrove planted a kiss on the cheek of FFA Chapter Sweetheart Darlene Zurn. She will receive her chapter jacket at the annual FFA Parents Night banquet.

John Hawkes, 1977 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria, will play the murder victim on America’s Most Wanted. Hawkes, the son of Pat Perkins of Alexandria, has appeared in several plays and movies. After high school, Hawkes and his friend, Tim Mateer, pursued acting careers in Texas and California. Hawkes received rave reviews from many critics for his long-running role in Greater Tuna, a stage comedy in which Hawkes performs more than 12 roles.

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.